Herbs and Edible Plants in TheGardenLady’s Garden

Dill by eye of einstein

TheGardenLady walks around checking her garden daily to see what is coming up. Though mostly this is a flower garden, I do have herbs and a few edible plants growing among the flowers and I want to see if there are spots where more vegetables can be squeezed in.

Coming up all over my flower beds is my favorite herb, dill. I didn’t plant it. It arrived a number of years ago, I assume, in some other plant I bought. Lucky for me. And I’m so happy it is spreading all over. I love the feathery leaves of the dill plant, I think it adds a nice dimension to the flower bed. A neighbor also loved the look and asked me what was that “exotic” plant I had growing. Imagine her surprise.

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Earthshakers – Amazing People Doing Amazing Things For The Earth

Wangari Maathai by e pants

Here are just a few of the people who have done and who are doing amazing gardening or environmental projects for Earth Day and everyday.

There is a man in Baltimore who wants to create a tranquil city. For almost three decades, Gene DeSantis has made it his mission to plant trees throughout Baltimore — with nearly 14 thousand of them planted so far. You can read about Gene DeSantis here.

He reminds people of that famed American naturalist before him, Johnny Appleseed, who spread apple seeds throughout the United States. If you do not know about Johnny Appleseed and his kind and generous ways, his great leadership in conservation and the symbolic importance he attributed to apples, read about him here.

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How to plant bulbs

Tulips, lilies, daffodils and other flowers that grow from bulbs are among the most popular garden blooms. Gardening editor Kristin Schleiter shares her techniques for how to plant bulbs.

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Pyracantha Shrub Diseases

Firethorn, Pyracantha, little yellow berries on bush, NC 280 and old NC 280 by Martin LaBar (on hiatus)

TheGardenLady received this question from LaNelle.

You have named several pests/diseases of pyracantha: Mine suddenly have limbs dying in the middle of limbs/trunks. These are established bushes for privacy fence. How can I save them?

There are a number of different diseases of the pyracantha shrub.  See here or here.

One disease is called Fireblight. Fireblight is a systemic bacterial disease which is spread by aphids, bugs, birds and even the wind and rain. It can kill the plant. Fireblight is easily spread and can quickly spread from plant to plant. The disease is easy to spot. Affected leaves start to turn black and cracked as if they have been burnt by fire, giving it its name Fireblight. It causes the dieback of stems and leaves. Bacterial ooze often is associated with blighted tissues.

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A tulip garden in Kashmir

The renowned Tulip Garden in India’s northern state of Jammu and Kashmir witnesses record visits. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

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Espoma Green Garden Sweepstakes – Win a Year’s Supply of Fertilizer!

Are you lucky? Espoma organic fertilizers is having a Green Garden Sweepstakes.

A Master Gardener friend swears by Espoma organic fertilizers. So I decided that I would try my luck at winning a year’s supply of their fertilizer.

You can try to win, too. Go here and read about the sweepstakes to see if it is worth your while to enter. You don’t have to buy anything. This Sweepstake ends on June 5th, so you have plenty of time. You can submit one entry per day. The only thing is that you have to be over 18 and you have to give them some information- like your address and phone number, etc.

I do hope one of TheGardenLady readers is the lucky winner. Let us know if you are. From the good things I hear about the Espoma products, I think you will be a happy winner.